New Year – new adventure!
New Year’s Eve traditions in Portugal…
One of the most iconic traditions here is as the clock strikes midnight, to eat twelve raisins with a glass of sparkling wine or ‘espumante’. Some say it’s a raisin for each stroke of the clock, while others claim it’s for each month of the year. Whatever your belief, make sure you consciously make a wish (a home in Portugal?!) as you devour each of the twelve raisins!
To ward off evil spirits and clear negative energy, locals can be seen banging pots and pans together and holding huge firework displays – these are common events throughout the country.
Some of the most spectacular fireworks can be found in Lisbon in the Praça do Comércio where you can enjoy an unforgettable night and great views of the fireworks over the River Tejo. In Porto there is a free street party in Avenida dos Aliados and down south, the most famous event in the Algarve is on Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s Beach) in Albufeira, where the fireworks are followed by a free concert. In fact, most of the major towns will have organised celebrations to welcome in the New Year.
Weather-wise, it’s usually very pleasant with winter sun during the day and then cooler at night. This year in the Algarve, we expect around 17°C during the day, which is perfect for a stroll along the beach with a light jacket.
On New Year’s Day, you could always take a dip in the ocean. Not for the faint hearted but, if you’re feeling brave, you can go to the beach and run into the ocean alongside others who also want a fresh if not chilly start to 2019!